Tag:Gary Schultz
Posted on: November 5, 2011 2:26 pm

Penn State president Spanier releases statement

Posted by Adam Jacobi

In the wake of charges of perjury and failure to report abuse for Penn State athletic director Tim Curley and VP/treasurer Gary Schultz in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky case, PSU president Graham Spanier issued a statement in full-throated support of the two administrators. Here's the statement in full:

The allegations about a former coach are troubling, and it is appropriate that they be investigated thoroughly. Protecting children requires the utmost vigilance.

With regard to the other presentments, I wish to say that Tim Curley and Gary Schultz have my unconditional support. I have known and worked daily with Tim and Gary for more than 16 years. I have complete confidence in how they have handled the allegations about a former University employee.

Tim Curley and Gary Schultz operate at the highest levels of honesty, integrity and compassion. I am confident the record will show that these charges are groundless and that they conducted themselves professionally and appropriately.

Curley and Schultz are expected to turn themselves in on Monday.

Posted on: November 4, 2011 7:06 pm
Edited on: November 4, 2011 7:11 pm

Former PSU coach Sandusky indicted for sex crimes

Posted by Adam Jacobi

It's taken over two years, but a federal grand jury investigation into legendary Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky has concluded -- and the 67-year-old coach now faces 40 charges of sex crimes against minors, according to the Patriot-News. And while Sandusky hasn't been a coach at PSU since the end of the 1999 season, the allegations he faces go back as far as 1996.

Sandusky first went in front of the grand jury back in late March of this year, and he wasn't the only one involved with Penn State to come in for questioning; no less than Joe Paterno, athletic director Tim Curley, and retired PSU VP Gary Schultz also testified before the grand jury, though it's not known exactly what they told investigators or how germane their testimony was to the cases at hand.

Here's more from the Patriot-News about the nature of the charges against Sandusky:

The charges follow a more-than two year grand jury investigation that began when a Clinton County teen alleged inappropriate contact against the 67-year-old former coach.

During the investigation, older allegations from 1998 surfaced as well. In the older case, Penn State police investigated inappropriate touching in a shower.

All in all, the 40 charges include corruption of minors, endangering the welfare of children, various indecent assault charges on persons under 16 (and sometimes 13), and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a person under 16. Although the alleged offenses don't have specific dates attached to them -- all but one are listed for January 1 -- they go back as far as 1995, according to court records. The other alleged dates of offense stretch as late as 2005, with other alleged offenses interspersed liberally in the 10-year period.

Obviously, Sandusky is innocent until proven guilty, and until that time it would be unfair to him and his family to start casting aspersions against him for what are very serious and disturbing allegations. The fact that this investigation has progressed this far, however, does not bode well for the man once thought to be Penn State's head-coach-in-waiting -- or for the children's charity, The Second Mile, that Sandusky had been involved in since 1977 before stepping down last year.

From a college football standpoint, it's going to be extremely interesting to see if Penn State had any knowledge of Sandusky's alleged transgressions, or if allegations and accusations had made their way to the PSU athletic department while Sandusky was still an employee there. One would hope not, of course, and until specific evidence arises suggesting that, Joe Paterno's legacy shouldn't be in any way tarnished by the news about Sandusky.

That all said, it's now true that for nearly five years, Penn State was employing a man who was allegedly committing indecent assaults on children, so questions absolutely must be asked about what the athletic department knew and when. To suggest otherwise is to put politics ahead of concern for abused children.

Posted on: March 31, 2011 5:02 pm

Former PSU DC Sandusky facing grand jury

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Jerry Sandusky spent 32 years on the sidelines at Penn State, and was once considered to be Joe Paterno's eventual successor at the school before he retired in 1999 as the team's defensive coordinator. Now, over eleven years removed from the game, Sandusky is the subject of a grand jury investigation. According to The Patriot-News, Sandusky has been the subject of the investigation for 18 months, as he's been accused of indecently assaulting a teenage boy.
According to five people with knowledge of the case, a grand jury meeting in Harrisburg has been hearing testimony for at least 18 months about the allegation, which was made in 2009 by a 15-year-old from Clinton County.
The teen told authorities that Sandusky had inappropriate contact with him over a four-year period, starting when he was 10.
Penn State coach Joe Paterno, athletic director Tim Curley and retired university Vice President and Treasurer Gary Schultz were among those who appeared before the grand jury in January at the attorney general’s Strawberry Square office complex, according to a person with knowledge of the investigation. Attempts to reach the three for comment were unsuccessful.
It is not clear whether university President Graham Spanier has testified and he declined comment on the matter when questioned earlier this week.
After leaving Penn State, Sandusky spent the next 11 years running The Second Mile, a non-profit organization that deals with 10,000 Pennsylvania youths by offering summer and year-round camps. Sandusky stepped down from the charity last fall to spend more time with his family and handle personal matters.

The allegations from the 15-year old boy surfaced in 2009, when Sandusky was an assistant football coach at Central Mountain High School. It was there that the boy alleged Sandusky touched him inappropriately while they were alone in the gym.
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